What kind of company buys a half-million dollar machine for R&D?
A machine like this is suited to big engine block types of parts I would think. I don't see how it could possibly be a good investment for an R&D place unless you're doing parts that would cost thousands each to have machined by someone else. And if you were doing small or medium parts, there's still a whole class of more normal 5 axis VMCs that can do them at half the price or less, so that must mean you're doing big heavy parts that the 60 horsepower hsk spindle can rip up, right?
Really cool machine and we'll all be jealous, waiting to see what cool parts you show us... if you're allowed to take pictures of them!